Jiayin Li started teaching Piano at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division Piano in 2017 and was appointed as Associate member of the Piano faculty at the College Division in 2022. Her students have won top prizes in many national youth competitions in China (Steinway, Young Chang, Kayserburg, Hailun and Xinghai), including the Prime Golden Bell Music Award, and in international competitions in Italy (Imola), Germany, Estonia, Singapore, Malaysia and the U.S. She appeared on educational television in China and was recognized with various honorary diplomas. Her pupils were accepted to Yale, Juilliard, Indiana and the New England Conservatory and performed multiple times at Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Li performed throughout China in recitals, as pianist of the China Conservatory Trio, and as orchestral soloist. Since arriving from China to pursue her doctoral studies with Solomon Mikowsky at Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Li became Dr. Mikowsky’s teaching assistant, and her pupils won the Precollege Concerto Competition, the Steinway Award, and top prizes in the American Music Teachers League and the Piano Teachers Congress competitions.
Li has been invited as guest artist-teacher at the Perugia Music festival in Italy and has performed, taught masterclasses and contributed pedagogical articles at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music in Poland, the Rodolfo Halffter Conservatory in Madrid, the Lancaster International Piano Festival, Millersville University in Pennsylvania, the International Piano Festivals in Havana, the Central Conservatories in Beijing and Xiamen, the Florence Culture and Arts Exchange Center in Dalian, and at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland, where she also adjudicated the school’s annual Mozart Concerto competition.
The Office of the Historian of the City of Havana is releasing 2 CD’s, “Jiayin Li in Havana,” a recital she performed at the UNESCO landmark Basílica, following an appearance with the Cuban National Symphony and a recital at the Ignacio Cervantes Hall. Another forthcoming CD will comprise Cuban piano music from the XIX, XX and XXI centuries, the subject of her pending doctoral dissertation, to be published as an introduction to piano teachers and students worldwide.